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March 8th, 2011 Posted 7:00 pm

“To me a bicycle is a machine of magic … taking me on to the ways of satisfied happiness; giving to me the good friendship I enjoy with others, and to share with me the delights and ecstasies of the outdoors. It gives to me the pleasures of mingling the past with the present … always discovering … always learning. Above all it gives to me also, memories to cherish and store inwardly, as I wheel my ways on joyous days … such a day has been today.” Albert Winstanley 1917-2012

Planning and riding a SFNR makes me think and these thoughts can sometimes be profound. I re-read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle recently. I found my perfect motto or aphorism for SFNR
“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” Book of Bokonon

The new 2013-2014 season is now up but at the moment (October 2013) rides are in flux whilst I sort out organising them! See plans on Future Sheffield FNR page, but take note, these plans may change so get on the email list (sheffieldfridaynightride@gmail.com) or like the fb page

Next Sheffield FridayNightRide
Friday 11 April
Railways IV
Start 6.30 pm Sheffield Tap, outside Railway Station

The last in the quadrilogy of SFNR Railways rides. We’ve done routes west to Totley (Railways I), SE to Woodhouse (Railways II), N to Chapeltown (Railways III) and this ride Railways IV is up to wards Stocksbridge as far as Oughtibridge.

So we are going to find the secret siding where they hide the London train, mark the site of Parkwood Springs which had its bottom skirted by the trains, and get up to the old Oughty Bridge station before having a drink at The Cock – which as somebody has said is much more pleasant now it is in new hands (!) oo-er missus!
We will be going through Beeley Woods at some time and returning for refreshments at Kelham Island somewhere or the Sheffield Tap

Apols: We have been v busy with work, cycle campaigning and family so notice delayed
All details on Next Sheffield FNR page.

Map: Provisional Maps here
We are doing a recce this Wed and final map will be available Thu

View Railways IV (www.sfnr.org.uk) in a larger map

Meanwhile to keep you smiling why not watch this video of Groningen Cycling City
and then join CycleSheffield so you can make the dream come true here in the UK

Cycle Maintenance classes throughout the year
The ever-popular ReCycleBikes cycle maintenance classes are now revised and bookable here
If you know what you’re doing and want a stand to work on, in the dry with good tools and expert advice on hand then you can do that in the bike kitchen

I think Edinburgh Bike Coop and Evans also offer bike maintenance classes so contact them for details

Learn how to use the

Private Eye No. 1326 Lance Armstrong Puncture Repair outfit

Bike Jumble – book early even if it is next May; it gets busy and is a great event to go to
sheffield-jumble-may-14
Mark’s contact details are on the poster.

More Rides
I get ride info sent to me from time to time and if you want to get out on your bikes more then …
don’t forget to look on these sites: local CTC site; the Sheffield Clarion Cycling Club;, the Steel City Riders; Ride Sheffield; Sheffield Shopper Society; No Balls Biking; Sheffield Women’s Cycling – see side bar Other Sheffield Rides for all these.

Should SFNR have an anthem? – this is a great tune about liberty and joy for us to hum and la la la as we pedal

The Times Cities fit for cycling Click on this logo, check out what it says, sign up if you want to. I know its News International, obviously linked to News Corp who sponsor all that cycling through SKY; but I think this is genuinely felt – shock that a colleague ordinarily commuting to work can be seriously injured through poor vehicle design and driver behaviour.

Cheer yourself up before the next ride – take a dekko at this

Fraternal/Sororal Rides: There used to be a London FridayNightRide www.fridaynightride.com (where I was inducted into the experience) sadly no more. If any body knows of another FNR like this one – there are other FNRs which cycle to the coast and all that kind of stuff but we are not into distance or endurance or power (I think we are in it for the joy of social urban riding and being a tourist in your own backyard) then I could maybe see if any other FNR wants to do a fraternal/sororal ride sometime in Sheffield and vice-versa.

“FridayNightRiders of the World Unite!”

Mick

“We have nothing to lose but our chains!”

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